By Carla Branch and Taylor Allen
There are only two weeks left until the filing deadline to be on the November ballot as an Alexandria School Board candidate. It appears that there will be at least nine candidates and maybe more.
In District A, School Board Member Helen Morris is collecting signatures and plans to run for re-election. Board Chair Sheryl Gorsuch has still not decided. Karen Graf has completed her paperwork with the Alexandria General Registrar’s office and is good to go. Joyce Rawlings, who has run for the School Board unsuccessfully in the past, and who has extensive experience in early childhood education is collecting signatures and plans to be a candidate. Scott Gordon, who was once a Republican candidate for the Alexandria City Council and withdrew because of a family health issue, has filed his Statement of Organization and a request for a campaign finance exemption with the registrar’s office and plans to run for the School Board. The campaign finance exemption requires a candidate to sign a sworn statement that he or she will not solicit money from anyone and will use only $1000 of his or her own money to run a campaign.
In District B, the central party of Alexandria, School Board Member Marc Williams is the only incumbent who has indicated he will seek another term. Kelly Carmichael Booz announced today that she is running for School Board and Chris Yianilos has expressed his interest in running. Carmichael Booz works as the Director of Civic Education at Montpelier. Yianilos worked for former Republican U. S. Sen. John Warnter’s office and has extensive education policy experience.
In District C, the City’s West End, School Board Member Ronnie Campbell is the only incumbent who has expressed a desire to run again. Chris Lewis, who was President Obama’s South Carolina campaign coordinator in 2008, has completed his paperwork and will be on the ballot in November. Former School Board Member Pat Hennig has expressed interest in running but has not filed any paperwork yet.
The deadline to file as a School Board candidate is June 12.